Shamona Stokes (b. 1980) is a ceramic sculptor from Jersey City, New Jersey. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (2002). Her iconic sculptures explore the archetypes and imaginary figures of the subconscious mind.
In 2017, she presented her first sculptural collection, “hypnos”, at Allouche Gallery, NYC as one of the regional semi-finalists in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. In just two short years, Shamona has gotten wide exposure and has shown at venues throughout the country including art fairs during both Armory & Frieze weeks (NYC 2018) and, most recently, at the SCOPE Art Fair during Art Basel (Miami 2018) where she exhibited with MUTT Collective.
She is currently creating new works for a big “shrine to the human imagination” at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in TX in the Fall. The centerpiece of this installation is a large-scale unicorn which Shamona successfully funded through Kickstarter. You can learn more about her project here.
Her entire body of work is a product of a meditation practice which began in 2016. Prior to that, she hadn’t made any real artwork in over 15 years. Her work is a testimonial to the power of self-inquiry to unravel deep-rooted creative blocks.